Thursday, July 17, 2014

All are Equal

Most people remember George Orwell for his work in 1984.

It was truly a masterpiece.

A tale of Winston Smith, who worked for the The Party.  The Party's three slogans are: "War is Peace," "Freedom is Slavery," and "Ignorance is Strength."

A tale of a civilization ruled by Big Brother, and the Thought Police.

A tale of a civilization constantly disillusioned into believing there was a constant war going on between the 3 powers.

But for me, I think one of his other works goes without as much recognition.

Animal farm.

It's a tale that purposefully counters socialism using it's own tactics, appealing to youth and equality.   The message?  Equality for all is impossible because someone will always try to assume control.  This is best summed up by the ending, with only one commandment scribbled on the side of the barn,

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”